Haddonfield Teens Sponsor School Tuition of CamdenForward School Student

A group of Haddonfield High School students are raising the annual tuition for a Camden child to attend UrbanPromise’s elementary and middle school, CamdenForward School. UrbanPromise is a youth development nonprofit that serves 600 Camden-area children and teens each year through after-school and summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, and teen job training. The 10 teens became involved in the organization this past summer.

The students’ school group is dedicated to raising awareness about issues that affect Camden, particularly the city’s rise in crime and violence this past year. So far, 54 individuals have been murdered in 2012, and the figure is expected to increase.

The group began fundraising for their student, a kindergartener named Noah, this past September. Their tuition support is processed through UrbanPromise’s Partner Program, which provides a Camden child or teen with a year of quality education at the organization’s CamdenForward School (K-8) or UrbanPromise Academy (9-12). A Partner’s investment of $208 a month, or $2,500 a year, enables UrbanPromise to maintain low tuition for families.

“These students are truly making a difference in the life of one of our children,” Bruce Main, founder and president of UrbanPromise, said. “And they are doing much more than simply paying for his tuition. They are demonstrating that socioeconomic lines and boundaries can be crossed, and a wealthy suburb of South Jersey can find a deep and long-lasting connection to an inner-city like Camden.”

The students met Noah for the first time during UrbanPromise’s annual Fall Partner Day on October 24. They spent the day in the kindergarten classroom and outside on the playground with Noah and his classmates. According to Lindsay McLaughlin, the class “had an awesome time.

“It’s so rewarding to see a group of young people so invested in our kids,” McLaughlin said. “My students keep asking, ‘When are our Haddonfield friends coming back? We love them so much and miss them already!’”

UrbanPromise encourages individuals or groups (book clubs, church groups, youth groups, etc.) interested in a Partner Program sponsorship to contact Liz Getman at (856) 382-1854 or egetman@urbanpromiseusa.org.